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Old 02-16-2013, 08:17 PM   #121
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Yep - sometimes it's necessary to supplement invertebrates like that.

Do you have algae wafers or something you can use to make sure they're getting enough food? (once you test for hardness, that is) Has to be done carefully, so you don't experience a population explosion.
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:17 AM   #122
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Thanks for the info I will feed them more food than last time I guess. Hungry little buggers!
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:32 AM   #123
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Wicked looking hardscape!
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:19 PM   #124
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Thanks! It's the best I've done yet with a couple dollars worth of manzanita scrap.

It's working out really well for keeping shrimplets hidden from Cories, too, so it's a design idea I'm going to have to continue using in community tanks.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:19 AM   #125
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You know how I work to selectively breed golden-colored Pond Snails?




I think I'm finally there with this strain:



Amano going to town on some algae:



The "dirt" you see beneath the sand is from clay-based root tabs I make for my Crypts. Dang Malaysian Trumpet Snails dig through them and cause a mess. Thankfully, it remains beneath the substrate itself.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:22 PM   #126
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Hey, I loved reading through your tank journal!! Probably especially because it is so similar to what I want to do- a 10 gal tank, low light, planted, with shrimps and cory habrosus.

But, you said that the Finnex 20" is more than low light over a 10 gal tank. After reading the PAR data, I had wondered about that, and was contemplating buying a 16" and modifying the legs somehow to put it over my tank. Do you have any speculation if this would be adequate?

Also, if your light really is too high and you aren't supplementing CO2 - where is your algae? (I'm jealous. I would LOVE for my tank to be that clean. Is the secret the lots of snails? I've never really liked snails all that much)
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:54 PM   #127
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Snails.......bane of my existence....but such a good cleanup crew xD
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:20 PM   #128
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:32 AM   #129
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Thanks!

If you take a look at my 45-F journal, you'll see that the 16" Fugeray is really only a 12" light in a 16" body. You'd want the 20" for a 10gal. I cut the light down with a couple layers of fiberglass window screen resting on the glass top of the tank.

Snails do clean up leftovers, usually devour any lost shrimp or young fish before I notice and keep the glass spotless. But the real secret to a clean tank is just keeping feeding in check.

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Hey, I loved reading through your tank journal!! Probably especially because it is so similar to what I want to do- a 10 gal tank, low light, planted, with shrimps and cory habrosus.

But, you said that the Finnex 20" is more than low light over a 10 gal tank. After reading the PAR data, I had wondered about that, and was contemplating buying a 16" and modifying the legs somehow to put it over my tank. Do you have any speculation if this would be adequate?

Also, if your light really is too high and you aren't supplementing CO2 - where is your algae? (I'm jealous. I would LOVE for my tank to be that clean. Is the secret the lots of snails? I've never really liked snails all that much)
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:54 AM   #130
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I've trimmed this moss a zillion times and it's finally looking okay:



C. habrosus love hiding out with adult Neos:



That itty bitty Cory you see? It's one of the babies that's growing up. They're all crazy active and annoy the adults so much it's entertaining.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:13 AM   #131
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How is this tank doing? Anymore fry?
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It's growing in really well. No fry, really, as I remove the eggs as I see them and move them to a shrimp tank.

Have only moved a few of the babies back into this tank and the rest have all gone into some larger tanks.

Will try to snap some more pictures later this week.

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Old 03-28-2013, 03:39 AM   #133
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Is that just normal christmas moss? Also how did you attach it?
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:22 PM   #134
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Yep, feel free to take a look through the journal for details.

It's regular Christmas Moss and it's attached with super glue gel.

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Old 03-28-2013, 02:07 PM   #135
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If I say so myself, this is a beautiful tank you have going on here!
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